The Chinese authorities in the fight against discrimination in the labour market have prohibited employers to ask employ women about their marital status and to require them to undergo a pregnancy test. According to the published statement of the Ministry of human resources and social security of China, the innovation is intended to contribute to “the improvement of career conditions” for women.
According to one of employees of the Ministry, gender may not be included in the list of requirements specified by the employer when accepting a job.
According to the adopted measures, violators of the ban will be fined in the amount from 10 to 50 thousand yuan (us$1,49 million – $USD 7.45 million). For serious violations in this area, the company now can lose their licenses.
In a statement, the Ministry noted that China’s leadership intends to establish a reliable control mechanism for employers and will provide widespread legal assistance to working women.